Friday, 18 August 2017

LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE | JACK'S STARTING NURSERY


A new chapter in Jack's life is about to start and to be honest I'm not sure if I'm ready for the change. Jack is starting Nursery in September. In around three weeks time he will be walking through the school gates and into another one of life's adventures. Bag in hand, he will trot off and no doubt absolutely love being able to play and learn whilst in the company of children of a similar age. Whilst I absolutely believe this is the perfect time for him to go to Nursery, I have been left wondering what I'm going to do without him.


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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

I just couldn't breastfeed, don't feel bad if you can't either

One of the first decisions you make as a parent is how you are going to feed your child. The decision of whether to breastfeed or bottle feed is something everyone seems to have an opinion on. From family and friends to midwives and breastfeeding support practitioners, advice comes from every angle yet only you can make that decision. 



I'll be honest with you here..
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

July Mum and Toddler Favourites


Welcome once again to my monthly favourites! It has been a long time since I have done one of these posts so thought it would be good to get them started again.  I've shared some of the things that myself and Jack have been really enjoying this month.

The me time treat I have loved using...  Lush Products

I absolutely love Lush products. For me the ultimate treat is lighting a candle, running myself a bath, throwing in a lush product and watching the Ipad. Usually I only have time for a shower so I really savour a bath. I'm lethal when I'm on the Lush site and physically have to stop myself adding too many products to my basket.

The book I have been reading...  Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher

I have been watching Giovanna Fletcher on YouTube for a while now. I love the content she creates and how relatable she is. I'm currently halfway through this book but just had to include it in my favourites for the month. This book is all about her and her husband's journey through parenthood. Lack of sleep, body confidence and other parenting realities are written about with such honesty that I'm really struggling to put this book down. 

The TV Programme I have been watching... Love Island

I have been a Love Island addict this month. Although my favourite islander (Camilla) did not win, I absolutely loved watching every second of the series. It's such dramatic and easy to watch television and really has been a great way to unwind at the end of the day. Kind of wish they did more than one series a year though!

The clothes I've Been wearing... Asos Pyjamas

I hadn't shopped at ASOS before this month. I have no idea why as I love so many of the clothes on their website. I picked up two pairs of ASOS Pyjamas this month. One with doughnuts on and one with rainbows on. They are super comfy and I have loved wearing them this month.
 
 
 
 
 The book that Jack has loved reading...  Peep Inside Space

My little boy adores anything Space related.  He really enjoys looking up into the sky every night and finding the moon and the stars. This book has plenty of interactive lift the flap sections which keeps Jack interested. We read this book every single night at the minute. It's definitely popular in our house right now! The educational content means that Jack has learnt all about the planets, astronauts and the space station.

The toy that Jack has loved playing with... Big City Emergency Centre 

Jack was a very lucky boy this month and was brought the Big City Emergency Centre by his Nan and Grandad. Jack loves anything emergency related. Police cars, fire engines, ambulances - you name it, he loves it. This car emergency centre has been used everyday since Jack received it. I brought some vehicles for this set and have found that it has really helped Jack develop his role play skills. It comes with a little microphone so Jack can re-enact emergencies and announce which vehicles he needs to help tackle them.

The crafts that Jack has loved using... Play-Doh

Playdough. IT IS DRIVING ME MAD! I keep finding pieces of it trod into the carpet whenever Jack has it out. Jack meanwhile adores it (obviously this means it has taken over our house.) Anything that gives me a break from playing with cars and fire engines is fine by me. He loves creating new things and using dough cutters to create different shapes, animals and vehicles. Mess aside, I do really enjoy doing this activity with him. It helps bring out his creative side. 

The TV that Jack has loved watching... Planes 2: Fire and Rescue

Planes 2: Fire and Rescue is a film that I feel I may be able to narrate word for word. Jack absolutely adores planes and helicopters so this film was an obvious one to introduce him to. The quality of the animation in this film is fantastic. Jack has a toy Dusty which he loves to fly around the room when this film is on.
 
 The place that we have loved going to... Soft Play

Jack has loved going to Soft Play this month. We brought a monthly membership to our local soft play and have been going so much. Jack is quite a climber and this gives him a much needed chance to burn off his endless energy It's one of those Soft Plays where adults can use the playframe too. 

What have you been loving this month? What does your toddler love? Leave me a comment below.











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Monday, 31 July 2017

July Round Up


Whilst I write a variety of content on my blog, I very rarely update you on my day to day life. I regularly talk about family days out and other parenting related topics but sometimes forget to talk about the smaller things - my favourite book for instance or a moment that I particularly enjoyed. Recently I read a post written by Laura from Edinburgh Life With Kids that I really enjoyed. It was a post where Laura reflected on the past month of her life. It made me feel like I was getting to know the person behind the blog and is something I think would be a nice addition to the content I write.
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

MY LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH KIDS TV




I have a love/hate relationship with toddler television. I love the fact that it allows me to drink a warm cup of tea and go to the toilet in peace but absolutely hate pretending to be a member of Paw Patrol or Fireman Sam's firefighting team.
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Monday, 24 July 2017

30 Things To Do With Your Child This Summer

In just over six weeks time Jack will be attending Nursery School for the first time and the school runs will begin. Over the last three years we have been able to live each day as we have wanted to with no time constraints. Lazy days, days out - we have been able to choose exactly how we wanted to spend our time. Now Jack is starting Nursery we will have less time together to do those fun activities and days out that we currently take for granted. With that in mind, I have decided to draw up a list of 30 things that I want to do with Jack this summer. 
 
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Friday, 21 July 2017

PLEASE STOP ASKING ME WHEN I'M HAVING MORE CHILDREN



When are you having more children? Are you pregnant? Surely Jack would like a little brother/sister....

These are the kind of comments and questions that I hear on a regular basis. No problem when it's a family member but when it is mere acquaintances or the checkout lady at Morrison's, I'm not so OK with it.

Jack is three and is starting Nursery in September. It's when your child is about this age, if not earlier that lots of families begin to think about having another child. However is there any need to question me on why I'm not yet pregnant? People are naturally inquisitive but I'm not sure what response they are expecting. It could be that we are not yet ready for another child. Financial reasons, house size and career choices could be a reason. It could be problems conceiving or a whole host of other reasons. 




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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ARE YOU THE FELLOW PARENT IN THE BALL PIT? | SOFT PLAY

There are two types of parent at soft play. The cup of tea drinking one and the parent that can be found on the play equipment wishing they were the ones drinking the tea. I fall into the latter category. 


Jack absolutely adores soft play. His face lights up when I mention the local soft play centre. The thought of running through the ball pit, climbing the stairs and coming down the huge wavy slide makes him very happy. My face however does not light up in the same way. For me soft play is something that as parents we tolerate for the love of our children.
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Monday, 15 May 2017

WATCHING YOU GROW

I have been incredibly lucky to experience many of Jack's firsts. From those early firsts like the first smile and first tooth to more recent firsts like him learning to ride on a scooter and jump on a trampoline, I have seen them all. Yes, being a stay at home parent can be lonely and some days I really miss adult conversation and the ability to wee in peace but I also get the absolute privilege of watching Jack grow.


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Thursday, 23 February 2017

MY S/S ZARA BOYS WISHLIST

With Summer approaching, Jack's wardrobe of thick knitted jumpers and long sleeved t-shirts just isn't going to cut it. He is desperately in need of a few new bits and as a huge fan of all things Zara Kids, I do not need much persuasion to take a look at their Spring/Summer Range. What a great range it is. From quirky leggings to cute slogan t-shirts they have so many things that I really like. Here are some of my favourites! (Hurry up Payday)


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Monday, 20 February 2017

MY WEEK IN PICTURES #1

So if you follow me on some of my social media channels, you may know that I am ever so slightly addicted to Instagram. From real life pictures of the bits your toddler gets up to, to glossy monochrome feeds. I love them all. 

Last year, I often posted a My Week In Pictures post on a weekly basis. I really enjoyed creating this post as it was lovely reflecting on my previous week and gathering all my pictures into one place. After a short blogging break, I've decided that this is something I should reinstate. I don't have a glossy Instagram feed or a high resolution camera but I do have a beautiful little family who I love photographing at every opportunity. 

Feel free to leave your Instagram handle in the comments below. Here's My Week In Pictures.

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Friday, 17 February 2017

AM I LETTING MY SON DOWN BY NOT ENROLLING HIM IN NURSERY?

After a period of fairly inconsistent blogging, I've decided to start writing down my thoughts and rambles again. In many ways my blogging break occurred as I began to feel disillusioned with blogging. I felt like it was one more thing to add to my already busy life. The longer time has gone on, the more I have missed the online blogging community and the relaxation that writing down my thoughts provides.

Today, I thought I would share something that has been playing on my mind recently and rose to the fore today after a little trip to the park.

AM I LETTING MY SON DOWN BY NOT ENROLLING HIM IN NURSERY?


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